Jagatsinghpur, May 14 (LocalWire): Cyclone Fanirendered hundreds homeless but the the SC/ST communities in Naugaon, Balikuda, Jagatsinghpur, Raghunathpur and other areas of Jagatsinghpur district are begging to stay alive as none of the relief has yet reached them.
Nearly 30 families in Salijanga village, 18 families in Khariabasta village under Naugaon tehsil, 80 ST and SC families in Bharioda, Dagaon, Bakharabad, Mallikapur, Naranapur, Olavar of Balikuda block, 40 ST and SC families in Punaga and Markandpur under Jagatsinghpur tehsil, 45 ST families in Redhua under Raghunathpur block and hundreds of others live in other tahsils of Jagatsinghpur district.
These communities have no land document to obtain pucaa houses under PMAY and other housing schemes and are therefore deprived of relief materials and other benefits. They are living on government land, canal embankments and other locations.
Dalit community leader Sankar Das strongly criticized the negligence and callousness of district administration.
‘Begging is their only source of income,’ he said.
Tahsildar of Naugaon, J Kalapana, said ‘ST communities of Salijanaga village have been deprived of relief so steps have been taken to distribute food and other materials to them. Due to model code of conduct, many landless people have been deprived to get land document.’
Nearly 80 percent thatched and polythene roof shades have been destroyed and walls collapsed during the cyclone but these daily wagers failed to receive free rice, Rs 500, kerosene or polythene.
Ram Chandra Singh, Tapan Singh, Luna Singh, Santi Singh, Sebati Singh and others from Salijanaga alleged ‘except two days of free kitchen, we have not received any help from the administration.
Our houses have been completely damaged so we are unable to cook meals and have to beg door to door. The conditions of our children have worsened.’
Sarpanch of Salijanga panchayat, Akahya Kumar Jena, confessed ‘We are dissatisfied by the block and tehsil officials for harassing SC/ST communities who are living in pathetic conditions.
We sought the intervention of local tahsildar to supply polythene to these homeless communities’.